Faculty Bios

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Beverley Bagg (PACT Ballet Company, Ballet BC, Alberta Ballet)

Protégé Lead, Classical Ballet, Progressive Ball Technique &  Coaching

Ms. Bagg began her training in both RAD and Cechetti in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has transitioned from a dancer into a master teacher. She was accepted at the Royal Ballet School in London, England, and danced soloist and principal roles with the PACT Ballet Company in South Africa for 15 years. Among the roles she performed were Bluebird and Princess Aurora from The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile from Swan Lake, the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker, Swanhilda in Coppélia, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Giselle in Giselle, Kitri in Nureyev’s production of Don Quixote, and the lead in Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. She has also performed works by renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, John Cranko, Goh Choo San, André Prokovsky, and Sir Frederick Ashton.  Ms. Bagg has a diploma in biomechanics and physiology from the University of the Witwatersrand and integrates this knowledge into her teaching. Since immigrating to Canada, Ms. Bagg has been invited as a guest teacher to various companies and schools in the USA and Canada. She was Ballet Mistress of Ballet BC and Alberta Ballet and has been instrumental in staging Swan Lake and Giselle for South African Ballet Theatre and Washington Ballet.   Spanning over 40 years of a passionate and very successful career as a professional dancer, teacher and coach, Ms. Bagg is able to draw on this experience and offer a rich and insightful approach to teaching and coaching. She establishes an environment of positive energy and demands excellence in a nurturing and inspiring manner.

Yana Dragieva (BA Classical Ballet Pedagogy)

Professional Program Classical Ballet, Character Dance

Ms. Dragieva graduated from the  State Music University  ”P.Vladigerov”  (Sofia, Bulgaria) with a B.A. specializing in Classical Ballet Pedagogy.  She went on to dance professionally with the Varna Opera House,  Sofia State Music Theatre, “SAGA”   Dance Company and  “Sarrasany” Company. Ms Dragieva has also completed courses in Classical Ballet Methodology (Vaganova Technique), Royal Academy of Dance (RAD)  and has a minor in Kinesiology from the university of Montreal where she taught at major dance schools from 2002 – 2007. Ms. Dragieva comes to us after spending  five years as “Head of the Dance Department” for the Ballet and Music Company Ltd in Singapore. Ms. Dragieva currently also teaches and coaches  at Coastal City Ballet.

MontanaBWMontana Moore (ISTD Advanced 2 Modern)

Industry Streams: Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop & Contemporary

Ms. Moore  began studying the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at the age of 5 and went on to complete her examinations in R.A.D Ballet and I.S.T.D Modern with Distinction at Pro Arte. Since then, her drive and love for dance has continued to grow in various styles including Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Hip Hop and other commercial styles of dance. Her interest in dance has taken her far from her Vancouver roots, training abroad at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and Boston Ballet, as well as in New York, New Mexico, Seattle and Los Angeles. In 2012, Ms. Moore was selected as one of NYCDA’s Senior Outstanding Dancer and Scholarship winners, attending their intensive training program and dance convention in New York City. Ms. Moore has trained with various Vancouver-based programs including Harbour Dance Centre’s ITP, The Aviary and with Hiphop/ Urban-contemporary based companies, KTL Co. and Illustrative Society.

Her ambition and love for dance has led to commercial work and performances for WE Day, The Sorority Sound as a backup dancer, 102nd Grey Cup Kickoff Show with Dallas Smith, Suki’s International Hair Show, Paralympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony and many more. She has danced in music videos for Josh Robertson and Michelle Creber. You can also catch her on Season 3 of The Man in the High Castle! Her most recent work as a choreographer within the industry can be seen on Bell TV’s “Bell Outside The Box”!

After graduating from UBC with degree in Psychology, Ms. Moore strives to incorporate her knowledge of the mind, as well as her current knowledge within the industry, into her teaching environments to create a positive and inspiring experience for her students to learn, grow and create.

_DSC8585-2Sophia Curalli (AISTD Imperial Ballet & Modern Teaching Associate; ARAD)

Streamed Programs & ISTD Ballet Grades

Ms. Curalli began her training in ISTD Ballet and Modern at Pro Arte at age seven. She went on to complete RAD Advanced 2 Ballet, ISTD Advanced 2 Ballet and ISTD Advanced 2 Modern as well as her Associate Teachers qualification in both ballet and modern. She was a member of Pro Arte’s CatchingART Aspirant Company in 2013 and 2014. Music is a passion for Ms. Curalli.  She uses her voice as a solo vocalist at her church and also appears singing jazz standards in restaurants around Vancouver.  Piano is her instrument of choice and she has completed her grade 10 RCM piano examination. Ms. Curalli appeared in Theatre Under the Star’s “Hairspray” in 2015 and “Mary Poppins” 2017. Not only has Ms. Curalli performed, she has directed and choreographed ‘Cabaret for a Cure’, a fundraising show for the cancer ward at BC Children’s Hospital. She continues to study as a scholarship student at Simon Fraser University. Ideally, she would like to use her business studies to work on the “other side of the desk” in a fine arts environment! Being a teacher is something that Ms. Curalli has aspired to ever since she was a young girl and she is thrilled to be given the opportunity to work with children as they discover the beauty of dance!

Ashara BWAshara Xirkovia 

Industry Streams:  Acrobatics & Aerial Hoop

All her life Ms. Xirkovia has been a very dedicated athlete. After 8 years of training and competing in figure skating, in Victoria and Vancouver and 3 years of international competitive cheerleading, Ms. Xirkovia discovered her love for circus. Inspired by a hand to hand duo on “America’s Got Talent” she made no hesitation in finding CircusWest, where she spent 3 years learning the basics of circus.  After participating in pre-selection tours and the summer camp, Ms. Xirkovia auditioned for École Nationale De Cirque in Montreal where she was accepted into the Mise a Niveau program and began learning the art of the aerial hoop. Now living in North Vancouver, she continues to train and perform professionally.  In addition to her own training, she has a passion for teaching acrobatics. She is a certified Acrobatic Arts instructor, “Alixa Flexibility” Module 1 certified and soon to be AFSA certified.

Processed with MOLDIVLeah Kos  (Stepping Tones International, SDTA – Associates, BA, BED, BCDEA)

Industry Streams:  Tap

Born and raised on Vancouver Island, Ms. Kos began her training as a young dancer at the age of 4 at the Pat Prestwich School of Dance studying the SDTA Highland Syllabus, and Stepping Tones (Al Gilbert / MusicWorks Unlimited) Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre. In 1986, Ms. Kos auditioned and was selected among hundreds to perform at Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Never the shy one, Ms. Kos performed a song and dance solo on the Plaza of Nations and performed various group numbers on other stages around the exhibition. As she continued to grow as a dancer, she competed in various dance festivals, highland competitions and championships, trained and travelled with the SFU Pipe Team, performed on cruise ships, and toured with Al Gilbert (“The Pied Piper of Dance”) when he came to BC for examinations and guest choreography. Leah kept up with her dance training after high school taking classes while working on her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at UVIC and VIU. Completing her teaching degree in 2003, Ms. Kos is now a full-time high school teacher teaching English, Social Studies, and Performing Arts. Since 2006, Leah has worked at Kirkwood Academy of Performing Arts as a Teacher and Choreographer where her dancers consistently achieved great results at various festivals and competitions, including the BC Performing Arts Provincial Festival. She spent 3 seasons as Co-Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Kirkwood Youth Dance Company touring with the company in LA (Disneyland: Dance the Magic), New York (Steps on Broadway, Minskoff Theatre, Dance the Magic), and to various events and performances around Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Ms. Kos loves any opportunity to provide the gift of dance to young dancers and is looking forward to working with the Pro Arte dancers this season!

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Rosie Lewis (ISTD Advanced 2 Modern)

Industry Streams:  Lyrical, Contemporary, Jazz & ISTD Moderen

Ms. Lewis began her dance training at the age of 7. She took RAD and ISTD ballet, as well ISTD modern. Ms.  Lewis completed her ISTD and RAD Advance 1 ballet examinations as well as her Advance 2 modern examination with distinction at Pro Arte. During her time training in the intensive Contemporary Jazz program Ms. Lewis was awarded Triple Threat at NYCDA in her graduating year. Following graduation, Ms. Lewis was selected to dance in Harbour Dance Centre’s Intensive Training Program (ITP); however, she chose to focus on her studies at UBC. During her time at UBC, she joined the UBC dance team where she had the opportunity to perform as well as choreograph dances. While on the UBC dance team Ms. Lewis performed at many fundraisers including Relay for Life, and Lace up for Kids. She also had the opportunity of collaborating with UBC’s acapella club. Ms. Lewis also joined the UBC cheer team and performed at UBC’s homecoming event. Currently Ms. Lewis is studying Human Kinetics Exercise Science at Capilano University. Her studies have included relevant courses in human anatomy and physiology, nutrition, exercise physiology, biomechanics, and sports injury/prevention, to name a few. Ms. Lewis is also a CSEP CPT (certified personal trainer) candidate. Through her education in kinesiology Ms. Lewis hopes to teach her students body awareness and safe technique. She is honoured and excited to have the opportunity to teach at Pro Arte and transfer her passion and enthusiasm for dance to her students.

 Suzanne-OuelletteSusanne Ouellette

Guest Choreographer/Faculty

Ms. Ouellette is originally from Vancouver and has trained and danced with some of the worlds finest ballet companies from Germany’s Stuttgart Ballet to Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet. She was Ballet Mistress for Ballet BC for 5 years and was the founding director of Ballet B.C.’s Mentor Program.  She performed as a lead dancer, singer and actress in numerous musical theatres across Canada including the iconic Vancouver Playhouse production of A Chorus Line, Calgary’s Stage West’s, TUTS, MUSSOC and Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage.  She has extensive TV/FILM choreographic credits including CBC TV specials, Columbia Pictures promos, Feature films for Showtime and the Fox network and various TV series for the Fox network. Some of her most recent achievements are, Royal City Musical Theatre as choreographer for “My Fair Lady” April 2015, where she has also been the Artistic Associate for the past 3 years, Choreographer for UBC Opera Department’s production of “The Merry Widow”, choreographer for the Kay Meek Youth Conservatory and production, staging the Vancouver Opera’s Bravo Gala, The Richmond Gateway Theatre’s musicals, Sound of Music,  The King and IThe Secret Garden, and Brigadoon.  She also writes a monthly feature article for Just Dance Magazine entitled “Suzanne sits down with….”  Suzanne’s passion, enthusiasm, and extensive background in many facets of the performing arts, make her in great demand as a ballet / musical theatre teacher, choreographer, rehearsal director and adjudicator.

Erika MayallErika Mayall (M.P.T, HBSc (kin))

Pro Arte on-site Physiotherapist

Erika Mayall began dancing at the age of 3 and continued to dance full time on the North Shore throughout her elementary and high school career.  She completed her ISTD Advanced 2 Modern as well as Advanced 1 Ballet and Tap examinations.  Through years of dancing and part time teaching, Erika developed a keen interest in the human body and movement analysis.  This led to an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario with a specialization in Athletic Injuries, and a further Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of British Columbia.  Erika currently works in a private practice setting specializing in orthopaedic and sports related injuries with a focus on dance related injuries.  She has a keen interest in not only treating dance related injuries, but also preventing injury and maximizing performance potential of each dancer.  Erika has completed specialized training in the field of dance medicine in both Australia and the United States and has studied with leaders in the field such as Craig Phillips and Lisa Howell.  Erika is an active member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) and has been invited to present at conferences in the United Kingdom and Singapore. Together with Astrid Sherman, she continues to conduct research and expand her knowledge in the field of dance medicine.

 

Dhana Musil (certified Iyengar yoga instructor/Bsc Applied Nutrition)

Yoga & Nutrition

Dhana Musil  is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and Nutritionist, with a strong background in anatomy and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Nutrition. She began exploring yoga’s therapeutic effects and food as medicine in her late teens during her extensive global travels. Dhana discovered the world of Iyengar yoga through senior teacher Ingelise Nherlan in 1992. She spent over a decade traveling and living in Asia where she raised her daughter, taught and worked as a Doula. She has studied with many Senior Iyengar teachers and currently is teaching Iyengar yoga to adults, ballet students and children’s yoga classes in schools. Visit Dhana’s website: www.Dhana.ca

Frances Brodhead 

Costume & Wardrobe Head

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